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Brewed by Church-Key Brewing
Style: Smoked
Campbellford, Canada

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RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Our Holy Smoke is a peat-smoked scotch ale. This 6.25% abv ale is dark and malty, and is enhanced with smoked whisky malt straight from Scotland.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
This arrived as a bonus for CaptainCougar but half the bottle had leaked out and the cap came off with little effort. Poured a very dark brown with a ruby hue. Aroma of smoke, sweat malt, peaty, grapes. Malty but dry along from front to back. Light smoke in the flavor. Pretty flat but expected since half leaked out (no point deduction for that). Thin body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
On Tap At Bow and Arrow. A real one beer at a time drink. Smoky aroma and beautiful blackness. Nice smoky malt flavour that sits on the tongue. A good ale when youíre having just one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Deep brown body with a fading, minimal tan head. Aroma has the smoke up front but some nice, sweet dark caramel maltiness underneath. Sweet, malty scotch flavor with nicely integrated smokiness and notes of chocolate and butterscotch. Good, smoked mild scotch ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 On tap at Bar Volo. Appearance is a very dark brown with an average frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is pleasantly smoky with caramel malt and hops. Flavour is a lightly acidic combination of smoke, caramel malt, light hops and a touch of scotch that really works. This beer is even better on tap than in the bottle in my opinion as the smoke flavour comes through much more. This is very good and my favourite Smoked beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Draught At Smokeless Joe (previously at CíEst What, BeerBistro, and Volo). Dark - but not dark enough. Nice smoke aroma and flavour - but not enough. First time I had it was shortly after it came out and it was more potent, thicker, smokier. The current incarnation (Iíve had it in the bottle, itís even weaker) needs more body. This is the sort of beer that should pour in clumps! Still very drinkable, though, like every Church Key beer Iíve ever tried.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
Dark brown beer with a thin dark brown head. Massive smoky aroma which tastes like hickory and mesquite, not the usual beechwood. Flavour is much more subdued than the aroma, showing loads of sweet fruit, blackberry, cherry, plum, and brown sugar. Sweet and full bodied. Creamy texture. Great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chugalug (29) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2005
A very unique brew, with a lovely smokey nose, and a very peaty taste. Not a beer that you could have a real session with, but very much worth a try.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
Pours with off white head. Very dark and opaque but tilted to the light it has a deep ruby color. Initial bitterness gives way to sweet malt with hint of smoke. Cheers!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4701) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with medium head with very little retention. Aroma is lightly smoked with some strong malt. Taste is quite enjoyable, almost like a mix between a light scotch ale with some notes of malt a little bit of smoke. As previously mentioned in past rating, body is a bit thin and Iím not sure this should be considered a smoke ale since there is very little smoke in this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Taken home from the Toronto Xmas bash. Very deep ruby, creamy off-white head. Peatey nose gives way to some sweetness. Nutty, smoky, peaty flavor. Some wine in the finish. A bit more body would be an improvement


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